Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hurricane impact window?

Hurricane Impact windows are windows that have been engineered, tested, and manufactured to withstand a hurricane. Our windows are tested to with stand winds from to 210 to 390 miles per hour and flying debris damaged caused by hurricanes wind.

How long has SIW been in business?

SIW’s parent company Window and Door Factory has been installing and manufacturing windows since 1997. SIW is our new Hurricane Impact Window Line that we started manufacturing in Delray Beach since 2005.

What geographical area does SIW service?

Our main geographical area is South Florida. Key West, Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach are our main areas of service. We have recently started to sell to the Treasure coast, West Coast and the Caribbean.

Do SIW's windows have a Miami-Dade County approval?

All of our windows and doors are Miami-Dade County approved and State of Florida Approved.

What are the benefits of Installing Impact Windows?

In addition to hurricane protection, installing impact-resistant windows and doors provides other important benefits.

Do Impact Windows protect against Burglary?

Impact windows’s and doors’s main design characteristics are the shatter-resistant glass securely fastened to a heavy-duty aluminum frame. The impact-resistant glazing consists of two layers of annealed or tempered glass bonded to an intermediate layer of a shatter-proof membrane. This membrane is typically made of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB), a plastic film which varies from .015 to .090 inches in thickness, depending on the design pressures needed. If the outer glass breaks, the shattered pieces will adhere to the PVB film. In contrast, standard-glass windows are made of standard float glass that, when broken, will fracture in large sharp shards. Given these characteristics, it is very difficult for any intruder to break into a house through an opening with impact-resistant glass.

Can Impact Windows Improve Energy Efficiency?

Impact windows and doors are built of heavy-duty aluminum frame with double glazing panes which make the windows much more energy efficient. Impact windows provide excellent insulating capabilities, helping isolate interior spaces from the outdoor weather changes and contributing to important utility bill savings.

Are there Any Insurance Premium Discounts when you install Impact Windows?

If all of the house openings are protected with impact-resistant windows or doors, policyholders can obtain up to 45% premium discounts. In order to apply for the discount, homeowners need to call a home inspection company so they can perform a wind certification inspection. Check with your insurance carrier to obtain more information on the process.

Do Impact Windows cause Noise Reduction?

Impact-resistant windows and doors help reduce outdoor noise scientifically. Homeowner testimonials confirm that impact-resistant glass is a great contributor to bringing peace and quiet environments inside the house or property. For people who live near busy intersections, highways or heavy traffic, installing windows and doors have proven to be an effective noise attenuation solution.

What is the Maximum UV Protection Impact Windows provide?

Impact-resistant windows and doors provide 99% blockage of ultraviolet (U-V) light, protecting valuable interiors, including your favorite photographs, loveseat, Persian rug and even flooring, from fading or discoloring after repeated exposure to direct sunlight. This characteristic is particular important Florida residents who enjoy the direct sunshine all-year round.

What is a French door?

A French door consists of panes of glass separated by vertical and horizontal framing members. It opens and closes in the same fashion as other doors, swinging in a vertical plane.

How are French doors used?

French doors are often used where the designer of a building wants to physically define spaces while still providing a view. This can occur either on the exterior, where access to the outside is desired without limiting the entry of daylight. Or it can happen on the interior of a house where one room may be separated from another physically but not visually.

How are French doors different from patio doors?

Actually, many architects use French doors as patio doors. Patio doors are usually less elaborate in design. They may either be hinged and swing open, or they may slide from side to side on a track.

How to Choose a Hurricane Window Contractor?

Choosing a window contractor can be difficult if you are not familiar with the business. Consumers need to know the right questions to ask in order to correctly differentiate one company to the other. You will be surprised of how many times homeowners make the wrong choice simply because they did not ask the right questions. Below, you can find a number of important questions to ask window contractors when you are bidding your replacement window project:

  1. Who are the employees/technician who will be installing the windows and doors?
  2. Are the technicians certified by the window manufacturer? Can they provide proof of it?
  3. How many years of installation (labor) warranty is the company offering?
  4. What is the warranty of the product being offered?
  5. How many customer references has the company provided to you?
  6. How many of the customers references have you called to verify window company performance in previous jobs?
  7. For how much is the window company?s general liability coverage?
  8. For how much is the window company workers compensation coverage?
  9. Who is the window company’s license qualifier?
  10. Is the person the owner of the company?
  11. Has company provided copies of the qualifier’s license?